Nidhi Chanani was born in Kolkata, India, and raised in Southern California. She holds a degree in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In 2012, she was honored at the White House as a Champion of Change for her art. She has worked with companies such as Disney and Hasbro and is the creator of the graphic novel Pashmina. Her most recent book is I Will Be Fierce!, featuring text by Bea Birdsong. Chanani lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, daughter, and two cats.